The Fortnite World Cup is nearly here. Thankfully we’ve got all the important details you need to know, including when it starts and how to watch it.
Fortnite is a monument of pure, unbridled gaming, and a testament to the fact that kids on an iPad are better at games than most people could ever dream of being. It’s also one of the most popular games, if not the most popular game, on the planet, hell, maybe even in the universe. Are there games in space? Who knows, but Fortnite may well be one of them.
As a result of all of this success, Epic, the people behind the game, have more money than you or I could ever count. Is it too much money, who can say (yes), the important thing here is that some of this is being pumped back into the competitive community thanks to the Fortnite World Cup.
Which leads us onto the first important question you might be asking.
What is the Fortnite World Cup?
In short, it’s a big competitive Fortnite esports event. But rather than confuse you further, why don’t we let Epic Games do the heavy lifting to tell you what this event is all about:
“The top 100 Solo players and the top 50 Duos teams from around the world will join us for the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Each one of those players will be guaranteed at least $50,000 and the Fortnite World Cup Solo Champion will walk away with $3,000,000.”
So, put bluntly, the best Fortnite players in the world qualified for a big live gaming event, and will duke it out for obscene amounts of cash.
When is the Fortnite World Cup Finals?
Originally announced last year, the Fortnite World Cup Finals are coming up on July 26th-28th in New York City at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Eligible players will compete to grab part of the $30,000,000 prize pool. See, too much money.
How to watch Fortnite World Cup Finals?
While tickets to the main event have sold out some time ago, the good news is that you can watch it all online on YouTube or Twitch.
Not only does this involve not leaving your house, but it’s free too. You also won’t need to travel to New York City, which could be a sticking point if you don’t already live in New York State.
Things are going to be intense throughout the weekend, and if you love Fortnite, then you’d be a fool to miss it. Though, if you love Fortnite, then you’re probably already counting down the seconds until it kicks off.
What Fortnite players qualified for the Fortnite World Cup Finals?
Too many to name. Thankfully, there’s a list on the Fortnite website.
Is that it?
Not quite, Epic Games say that they’ll also be hosting additional events at the Fortnite World Cup Finals featuring fun custom challenges in different modes and formats.
“Whether you celebrate with us in-person or tune in online to catch all of the action, the Fortnite World Cup will have something for everyone!”
For instance, there’s also a special event based around the games Creative mode.
“Fortnite World Cup Creative Trials will feature five events, each focused on a new Creative game. Fifteen participants will then be selected to face off in the ultimate Creative competition at the Fortnite World Cup Finals for a chance to win a piece of a $3,000,000 Creative prize pool.”
For more info on the Creative side of the Fortnite World Cup, follow the link.
What is Fortnite?
It kinda feels like we’re going in reverse order with this but, If, somehow, you’ve managed to make it this far without knowing what Fortnite is, then let me enlighten you.
Fortnite is a Battle Royale game, which is a genre that pits players against each other until only one person remains, that single person is the winner; everyone else is not. There are variations in the modes, for example, a squad mode where teams of four duke it out with each other, but the premise is always the same, shoot people, don’t get shot.
While there are other Battle Royale games out there, Fortnite stands above them all in popularity because of the unique visuals, the low, low price of free, and the ability to build structures as you play. Watching high-level play in Fortnite means watching players rapidly build defences and towers in order to traverse the terrain or confuse their opponents; it’s pretty incredible.
The whole thing is an absolute phenomenon, and the game changes week to week thanks to an ever-evolving map, constant new additions, and a bunch of limited time modes that spice things up.
If that sounds good to you, then make sure to tune into the Fortnite World Cup when it airs in a couple of weeks, or, just go and download the game now and play it.
It is free, after all.